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S00324   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.074
TI number: S00324
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Speak & Spell is an innovative talking learning aid for children introduced by TI in June, 1978. This item is a preproduction model built just prior to introduction at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show.

The white top case is probably from the proof run for that part. The IC's do not have date codes. This unit had a minor modification to resolve a ROM design problem which was corrected prior to production. Speak & Spell offered an entirely new concept in speech reproduction for "speaking toys". Word models are stored in a 128K read-only memory (ROM). The unit pulls a word as directed from the memory, processes it through an integrated circuit and speaks electronically through a standard speaker. TI's Solid State Speech which was developed for Speak & Spell was the first low-cost, mass produced unit which produced speech electronically. In this unit, the IC's do not have symbolization. The production units with the ROM correction used two ROM's, TMC0351 and TMC0352, a TMC0281 Speech Synthesizer and a derivative of the TMS1000 microprocessor. The latter processes the word algorithm and drives the light emitting diode optical array. Artifact Historical File items: Design case history: Speak & Spell learns to talk by Gene Frantz and Richard Wiggins - IEEE Spectrum, February 1982. TEXAS INSTRUMENT, INC. - EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS, Harvard Business School Case Study, 1982 (DRAFT).

Related material in collection: S00325, G00326-8. Summary comment by: Gene Frantz.

G00309   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.428
TI number: G00309
Photo Available Game, Television - The game is an engineering development prototype for a TV game project proposed in the mid 1970's by TIL. The program was not approved for funding.

The proposed program occurred at the time TV game interests were developing. TI, as were other semiconductor manufacturers, was working with potential customers on the application of semiconductors, standard and custom, in designs for TV games. The proposal was the result of this interest.

Summary comment by: Willis Adcock.

S00432   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.436
TI number: S00432
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Speak & Spell is an innovative talking learning aid for children introduced by TI in June, 1978. This item is typical of the first production models. See S00324 for a more detailed information.

Speak & Spell was designed for children in the 6-14 age level. It helps them learn to spell by letting them hear, see and spell a word. Later, a family of plug-in modules were introduced to expand the range of the basic product. The suggested retail price of Speak & Spell at introduction was $50. Currently, the price in under $40 and under $10 for each module. For additional information, see the Artifacts Historical Files.

Related material in collection: S00324. Summary comment by: Gene Frantz.

S00461   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.437
TI number: S00461
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak and Spell - Vowel Power

S00462   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.438
TI number: S00462
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Basic Builders

S00463   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.439
TI number: S00463
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Super Stumpers

S00464   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.440
TI number: S00464
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Mighty Verbs

S00465   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.441
TI number: S00465
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Magnificent Modifiers

S00466   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.442
TI number: S00466
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Vowel Ventures

S00467   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.443
TI number: S00467
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Spell - Super Stumpers

S00433   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.444
TI number: S00433
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Speak & Read is a 'talking' learning aid introduced by TI in June, 1980. Using the TI Solid State Speech technology introduced in Speak & Spell, it has a 250 word vocabulary. Its purpose is to help beginning readers develop basic reading skills.

Speak & Read was designed for children in the 4-8 age level. A family of plug-in modules was introduced, beginning in late 1980, to expand the range of difficulty. In late 1986, eight modules are available. The suggested retail prices at introduction were $95 for Speak & Read and $25 for a module. Currently, the prices are under $40 for Speak & Read and $10 for a module. For additional information, see the Artifacts Historical Files.

Related material in collection: S00324. Summary comment by: Gene Frantz.

S00468   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.445
TI number: S00468
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - Dog on a Log

S00469   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.446
TI number: S00469
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - On the Track

S00470   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.447
TI number: S00470
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - Who's Who at the Zoo

S00471   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.448
TI number: S00471
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - The Seal That Could Fly

S00472   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.449
TI number: S00472
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - The Third Circle

S00473   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.450
TI number: S00473
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - Sea Sights

S00474   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.451
TI number: S00474
Photo Available Cartridge, Speak & Read - The Millionth Knight

S00434   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.452
TI number: S00434
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Speak & Math is a 'talking' learning aid introduced by TI in June, 1980. Using the TI Solid State Speech technology introduced in Speak & Spell, it provides fun with numbers while reinforcing basic mathematical skills.

Speak & Math was designed for children in the 6-12 age level. The suggested retail price at introduction was $85; the current retail price is under $40. For additional information, see the Artifacts Historical Files.

Related material in collection: S00324. Summary comment by: Gene Frantz.

S00456   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.453
TI number: S00456
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Touch & Tell

S00457   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.454
TI number: S00457
Photo Available Cartridge, Touch & Tell - Alphabet Fun

S00458   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.455
TI number: S00458
Photo Available Cartridge, Touch & Tell - Animal Friends

S00459   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.456
TI number: S00459
Photo Available Cartridge, Touch & Tell - Number Fun

S00460   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.457
TI number: S00460
Photo Available Cartridge, Touch & Tell - All About Me

S00478   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.458
TI number: S00478
Photo Available Cartridge, Touch & Tell - Little Creatures

S00475   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.459
TI number: S00475
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Little Maestro

S00476   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.460
TI number: S00476
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Speak & Music

S00477   NMAH Catalog Number 1987.0487.461
TI number: S00477
Photo Available Learning Aid, Electronic - Magic Wand Speak & Learn



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